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Portrait of a Gentleman

ca. 1840 Unidentified watercolor on ivory sight 1 3/4 x 1 1/2 in. (4.4 x 3.8 cm) oval Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Henry L. Milmore 1950.4.37 Not currently on view


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This gentleman’s clothing reflects mid-nineteenth-century tastes, when men wore darker colors, particularly black and blue, to convey a sense of sobriety and professionalism in a new middle-class society. His thick curly hair, sideburns, and tender expression, however, suggest a romantic side to his personality.

Keywords

Portrait male - unidentified - bust

painting - miniature

paint - watercolor

ivory